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Seventh Generation's "Let's Talk...Period" Raises Funds, Awareness for Ovarian Cancer Research

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Author: MeghanB

Ovarian Cancer Research FundDid you know that more than 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year? That's 22,000 women too many. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle making it difficult to diagnose. And there is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer other than those for patients at high risk or who have early symptoms.

But would you even know the symptoms in the first place? The main signs include bloating, pelvic and/or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly and urinary urgency or frequency. These symptoms are not as useful in identifying ovarian cancer as they are also frequently found in women in the general population who do not have ovarian cancer. (Haven't we all experienced them at some point or another?) Since knowledge is power, we encourage you to learn more about ovarian cancer and be proactive about your gynecological health.

Seventh Generation is supporting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) in its mission to fund research to find a method of early detection and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer. We've designated today -- September 1 -- as "Let's Talk….Period Day" in observance of September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. With your help, Seventh Generation is donating $22,000 to the OCRF in honor of these 22,000 women diagnosed. Please visit www.letstalkperiod.com for more information and to sign up to pledge your support. Seventh Generation will donate the money on your behalf. If you are already a Nation member, please refer friends, Tweet, and/or post on FaceBook by clicking here.

Your action gives hope.

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anniey
01/06/13
I don't know why some people are making a fuss about Vegqueen's comment. Many, including myself, buy Seventh Generation product because they are not tested on animal. For people like us there's simply no reason to buy from them anymore if they support the animal testing in any way (however indirect or "good" the cause is.) If you want to support SG because they support cancer research, you are free to do so. but don't attack her for expressing her opinion and making a decision not to spend her hard earned money on SG's product. Besides, regardless of my stance on the animal testing, some comments here were just downright annoying that I just had to leave a comment for a 4 year old article. These nonsensical comments pop up every time there's a debate on animal testing. " oh you are putting animals over humans," " if you're so against the animal testing, why don't you become a test subject yourself?" I seriously wonder if these people think before they type. Are we talking about "who should i save when a dog and a person are drown?" And if you are so resolute on finding a cure for your loved one, "why don't you become a test subject yourself?" I'm sure you will make a subject likely to yield much more accurate result and help find a cure. Sounds ridiculous? well, that's just how ridiculous the stupid comments mentioned above sound! I'm not here to attack those who are heartbroken by suffering of their loved ones. In fact my father suffered and passed away from cancer. I'm very much aware of the damage cancer can cause to a person. but do I support researches involving animals? Knowing how horrendous these so called "researches" can be, the agony the research animals are put through, I'm still against it.If everyone believed that the ends justified the means or considered practicality only, like some idiot who told Vegqueen to " get off her soap-box," I'm sure the world would've been a hellish place for all of us. I say that all these people who support the animal testing do some research on animal testing and educate yourselves first. Then make your decision.
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cerj7
09/26/10
Sadly, I don't think that there are many people on the planet who's life has not been touched by cancer in some form. The issue is have is that companies are not moving forward to adopt the many scientifically validated animal- free testing methodologies that exist today. If you have never witnessed the treatment of an animal in such labs you need to look for one on-line and really decide if you are capable of seeing yourself in someone else's eyes, human or animal. I too would stand behind a product that gives back as much as 7G but I cannot support a company that donates my money to support animal testing in this day in age. The bottom line is that it is simply not necessary in 2010. Animals are abused and tortured to the point of unimaginable pain. Could you watch this happen if it was right in front of you? Ask yourself that next time you are at the checkout?
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nodgem1
09/18/09
Inspired Protagonist - you say your donation is a simple act of compassion. That's a natural human trait, we could do with more community caring, so I've no problem with that. So what about the smoker, the alcoholic, the gambler? Compassionately tossing them their fixes would bring them instant happiness. They desparately need help... but giving them a short term fix is a waste, even on compassionate grounds. Why do it with the out-of-control, misguided cancer 'research' behemoths? Like the tobacco companies that have website on how to stop smoking - there's no way they really want all smokers to stop as they'd be out of business, same with the cancer research organizations, same with doctors. We need to stop being controlled by big business and so called professionals and really take responsibility for ourselves, and the health and wealth of others and the world. Stop feeling smug about being compassionate - look at the bigger picture and future - will your current thinking and donation make a dent in that?
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Inspired Protagonist
09/17/09
It’s impressive to see so many people weighing in on these issues so passionately. This kind of energy is just what the world needs, and no matter where your opinion falls, know that we’re grateful that everyone cares enough to take the time to let us know how they feel. I want to weigh in for a moment and clarify a few things just so everyone understands what we’re doing. First, it should be reiterated that we do not test our products on animals nor do we condone the practice. We care as much about creating a cruelty-free world as we do about creating a future without toxins. We’ve believed for over 20 years that a safe and healthy product that got that way by harming living things cannot be said to be either safe or healthy in the final analysis. That said, we understand how people could look at our recent donation and see a reversal of this position. We want everyone to know that this is most definitely not the case. It’s a fact that medical researchers have traditionally used animals in their studies and that it’s hard to find an organization that’s steered completely clear of this practice. But that’s not what we were thinking about when we were inspired to do something to help. We were thinking about the victims of ovarian cancer and their families, a community of women we met as part of our work to provide healthier feminine care options. Their stories are as haunting as their courage is hopeful. Ovarian cancer is a truly frightening diagnosis and what comes next is often a lonely struggle that frequently ends in unspeakable loss. When you meet an ovarian cancer patient, you don’t think about anything else except what you can do to help. That’s why our Let’s Talk Period web site announced that we were donating $22,000 to Woman to Woman, a program of Mount Sinai Hospital supported by the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Our donation will help Woman to Woman’s volunteer survivors provide support to women undergoing ovarian cancer treatment, and to the family members who stay by their side during those difficult times. It will help make sure no woman has to face this illness alone. And that’s work we can all get behind. If we’re guilty of anything, it’s of not being clearer about the destination of our donation—which, while mentioned in the website copy, may have gone unnoticed. As we see it, we’re helping some people who need it. It’s a simple act of compassion, and for better or worse, we’re not a company that thinks to bring politics into a decision like that. Having seen the faces of this horrible disease and gotten to know the people behind them, we stand with all those working to end it. We can differ on strategies and debate about which means to what ends. But what we can’t do is stand idly by. That’s just not the kind of world we want to build.
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lilpostal01
09/14/09
I hesitated to write anything.. but as a caregiver to my mother who was diagnosed at the end stage of ovarian cancer and fought like hell to beat it, I wanted to express that yes, Nodgem 1 cancer research organizations do ask and research into lifestyle, eating habits, exercise, smoking etc. That is part of clinical trials. You have to qualify to take part in these trials based on the above mentioned. Yes. our world is polluted and if all of us are eating/breathing this pollution why are only certain people affected by the disease. Talcum powder widely used on babies years and years ago is now linked to ovarian cancer. Going green now doesn't erase the damage of talcum powder used before. Interesting why now we use cornstarch in lieu of. Seems to me that research is making progress and unfortunately animals will have to be used to cure this nasty disease called cancer. Humans are used in clinical trials. I have ovaries, my daughter has ovaries and the women in my life have ovaries and if there is a cure through animal research then I am all for that. Our world has been hurt many years prior we can try to green up and change but damage is done and now we have to try to fix it. We can avoid chemicals and educate now, but think of the damage already done. Ovarian cancer doesn't discriminate....please know the symptoms for yourself and the women in your lives.
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nodgem1
09/12/09
With sympathy and respect to those and theirs who have been touched by cancer (including me), anything to do with cancer research, is a sham. Cancer foundations worldwide are self serving organizations that are only interested in keeping their plush jobs, salaries, offices and power. Go into a cancer org's offices – do they lack for anything, are they flat out working overtime trying to make a profit like a genuine business? No! they have it all, and biscuits and lollies to give out to grateful, scared families. They promote cancer causing drugs and lifestyles. They take the public's money and spend a fortune telling people to go and get dangerous and unproven scans, and they proclaiming loudly to stay of the sun and cover up with dangerous chemical sunscreens. (Vitamin D from careful sunning is absolutely essential for good health.) Many millions are donated from pitying people for the purpose of 'research'. The more is raised, the more cancer grows! Cancer organizations don't ask cancer sufferers about their lifestyles, working hours, diet etc. They parrot a few lines and print a few brochures on "eat this, exercise, don't smoke" but they don't care because they would be out of business if they really looked into why cancer happens. If they told people to their faces: "Look you are killing yourself, you have to make BIG BIG changes to your life, they would then lose the lovely drug company sponsorships and promotions and support from the medical establishments. I could go on, but think about it. Do you want to give money or support an organization that loves itself and doesn't mind spending your money and millions of government subsidies, to put some of it into research to "detect or find a cure for" cancer (ambulance at the bottom of the cliff), or would you like people to take responsibility and face up to the idea that they can do everything they can to avoid getting anything to 'detect' in the first place. Even going so far as to putting energy into lobbying for a cleaner, greener world? I am sad that Seventh Generation believes in this myth -that cancer research will somehow make a whit of difference.
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vegqueen1
09/12/09
For those of you who asked, yes, as a matter of fact, I have had a family member die of this disease. My mother in law whom I was very close to died of it. This is not something I take lightly; it is heartbreaking to me. What I wanted to get across is that there are many worthy charities working just as hard to find a cure but without the use of animals. Why not support their efforts?
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meganb@ptd.net
09/11/09
It is a shame to me that we are all fighting back and forth here when we KNOW that the culprits are obvious. We are testing bleach on animals Still?? why are we still testing when we know that dioxin is a cancer causer, ?? Why is our government so closed to stopping a lot of chemical use? Every year they dump billions of pounds into the ground and ship banned chemicals to other countries and we wonder why we are getting cancer? Why all our kids are sick, have autism and many other terrible illness Read <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0375700994?ie=UTF8&tag=seventgenera-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0375700994" target="_blank">Living Downstream</a> by sandra steingraber We need to place our anger at the folks who claim to protect us Say no more to chemicals in your food, in your clothes, in your air, at your job, on your lawn!!! Why do we have cancer?? come on guys stop with the animal testing when you know the stuff your testing is already BAD and help less people get ovarian cancer by starting with yourself NO MORE Chemicals!!!
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nicknkat
09/11/09
My mother died of ovarian cancer and I still would never be so selfish as to wish the torture and killing of thousands of animals in the hope of a cure for cancer. If you do some research you will see that biomedical research is big business. The same projects are repeated endlessly with the same results, because the money is there and nobody shares info with anybody else. There has never been a major breakthrough that was because of testing on animals. Penicillin kills guinea pigs, aspirin is lethal to cats. Animals are just not the same as humans so testing on them is useless. The first medical trials on human beings are always tricky because no matter how many animals have been given a substance, nobody knows what it will do to a human. I am a nurse and have had several friends who got into research and then got out because the pharmaceutical industry tells them the results that they need to get instead of letting the true results emerge. There is so much better technology than animals out there, but researchers are able to access a bigger pot of cash with the expenses involved in animal research. Please do not support any research that involves our fellow creatures. They don't deserve it. I will certainly not be buying Seventh Generation products if they are going to fund this nonsense.
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ds1909
09/11/09
Ladies, Just wanted to follow up on my post as I forgot to mention that talc has been linked with ovarian cancer. It's related to asbestos and is made of tiny fibers. Those fibers are too big to be swept away by white blood cells. So please stop using any talc, if you are. Also, Natracare makes a fine product for those looking for feminine protection that doesn't support animal testing like 7th Generation now does. It's carried at Whole Foods and other health food stores. Trader Joe's also carries organic, non-bleached ladies' personal products like tampons. (And they're really cheap.)
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ds1909
09/11/09
I'm all for cancer prevention, education, assistance for women etc. and any research that doesn't involve animals. Not only is animal research cruel, it's bad science. Animals differ from us significantly. For example: aspirin kills cats and chocolate kills dogs. So, animal research cannot be applied to humans. Any gains we've seen in medicine is only AFTER human trials, where the real science starts. Kudos to funnygirl52 for supporting prevention even after having cancer herself. I'll support your non-profit group! Please let us know the name. As for 7th Generation. I'm not buying anymore. I'll switch to Natracare for my 'personal' products. Goodbye 7th Generation. It was nice knowin' ya.
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funnygirl52
09/10/09
Thank you to all of you who have posted comments about environmental pollutants that are contributing to the cancer burden. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 19 years ago at the age of 38 and eight year's ago I was diagnosed with fallopian tube cancer (considered ovarian cancer). I also run a non-profit group that provides breast cancer education. The majority of funds raised in the name of cancer research is spent on finding new treatments, very little goes to finding what is causing the disease - including the estrogen disruptors that are ubiquitous in our environment. The "war on cancer" has followed this pattern for more than 40 years. Until more resources are devoted to identifying what is causing cancer, we cannot begin to think about stopping it in it's tracks. Since Seventh Generation no doubt follows the precautionary principle, I am disappointed that it didn't choose a more worthy beneficiary of it's largess. There are more worthy non-profits looking to identify the environmental causes that are wreaking havoc with our genes.
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plainandsimple
09/10/09
Please, campaign against the use of nuclear energy in all its forms. This is the silent killer, the regular cause of cancers that is not included in cancer research or acknowledged in the use of radiation for cancer treatment. Do not let authorities frighten you into not asking for other forms of diagnosis and treatment. Stop cancers by stopping the manufacture of nuclear, radiation products. Nuclear waste is continually allowed to be let into the air, ground and water, in nuclear sites all over the world. The nuclear industry wants to increase the production of nuclear energy, thus increasing the dangers. When there is a drought, water must be used to keep the reactors cool, or they will explode. So, people die from lack of water when there should be enough. Stop the nuclear industry.
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lolobug
09/10/09
I think its important to remember that no one wants to see animals being tested on nor do people want people to die from cancer. Progress is happening. I don't think boycotting will further the goal along however. Besides, not many alternatives to 7th Gen.
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avullo22
09/10/09
Also, thank you 7th generation for doing the best you can. I wish there were more companies like this. -Angela
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avullo22
09/10/09
You are all so concerned about animal testing, which they should be doing less of. Instead we should be focusing on the things that give us cancer. How about we stop spraying the foods we eat with nasty chemicals. Then we can stop creating new chemical to preserve food and make it taste better. The list goes on. Maybe, just maybe we would have less cancer.
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2bigdogs
09/10/09
The quote above is credited to Ernst Lengyel, MD Ph.D.
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2bigdogs
09/10/09
Wow, putting people before animals, animals before people, honestly, this is an unsolveable dichotomy. I just did a quick search about animal testing on the OCRF website and came up with this: "To date, our understanding of the role of c-Met in cancer metastasis has been limited by significant differences in the way c-Met functions in humans and in laboratory animals. In order to determine how c-Met signaling promotes the metastasis of ovarian cancer, we propose to use a novel 3D co-culture model of human stromal and cancer cells. Using this model, we hope to gain insight into the role of c-Met and its ligand HGF/SF in ovarian cancer and apply this knowledge to identify novel therapies for the treatment of patients suffering from ovarian cancer" This, to me, sums up the debate. Using animals to research treatments for humans often doesn't get us very far. We now have the ability to use human tissue/cells, etc to do these same test without harming animals, and, more importantly, to actually research the outcomes in humans, not animals. Most animal testing is moot because of our very differences, as this fine doctor/researcher is quoted above.
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lesliemc
09/10/09
No, just no. You are just so silly I can't even process this. -Lesliemc's son.
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lesliemc
09/10/09
Thank you so very much Seventh Generation!! You have gained a new customer for life. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer stage 4 in 2007, I had wonderful support from my family and friends and a wonderful medical team led by Dr. Rutherford at Yale. No one wants to talk about this cancer because it is so deadly, so thank you to Seventh Generation for the support, and please ignore the foolish remarks from veqqueen, her ignorance is just ....sad. To veggie queen, my young children will be forever thankful to Seventh generation and people like them, and will try to forgive your selfish tirade.
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onelazyhound
09/10/09
As the daughter of an ovarian cancer survivor I am extremely grateful to Seventh Generation for supporting the OCRF and for helping to raise much needed awareness . . . animal testing and all. Ovarian is the deadliest of the gynecological cancers and even if everyone stopped inhaling/ingesting/absorbing/producing dangerous chemicals today it wouldn't help the 22,000 women who will be diagnosed with it this year. Or the 15,000 who will die. We all need to work on living greener lives AND support ovarian cancer research and awareness in every way possible way.
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Katred
09/10/09
My aunt is currently undergoing chemo for the second time in less than a year to fight ovarian cancer. Thank you so much for drawing attention to this terrible disease which, as you mention, has subtle symptoms that many women do not have checked out until it's too late and the cancer has progressed to advanced stages.
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lizmom
09/10/09
I am committed to cleaning the environment, my children's bods etc, etc, and I do use EWG skin deep..surprise! The majority of people that use Seventh Generation have a clue about this stuff and are not ignorant! So to the person who mentioned a dog...would you put your mother first before your dog? Please! be realistic instead of thinking out of the box. If it came to reality you'd choose humans I am sure. Some people love to hear themselves talk. That is my entitled opinion. Thank you again Seventh generation for doing the right thing.
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isabelj
09/10/09
Thank you Seventh Generation for donating such a large amount of money to help fund research to find an early method of detection for such an insidious cancer. Unlike VegQueen I am determined to buy more of your products. It is hard to comprehend those who have the luxury of putting animals before people when it comes to Cancer research. It is one thing to avoid animal testing when producing environmentally friendly cleaning products. But when it comes to saving human lives through cancer research, please, grow up. Does it have to be all or nothing?
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twebster
09/10/09
CandyM you are absolutely spot on in that if we hadn't polluted our bodies in the first place with GMO ingredients, chemical fumes, toxins etc, then we would not have seen the incredible rise in such diseases in the first place. We are killing ourselves anyway with all the crap we put onto our skin, into our bodies, the animals will be here long after we've destroyed the human race anyway. I do NOT endorse animal testing in ANY form, medically or otherwise and yes I have first-hand experience of 2 grandparents and a sister being killed by not only the disease but the chemicals that were injected into their bodies that are 'supposed' to be the cure. Instead of fighting - turn your body green, turn your babies body green. EAT and LIVE how nature intended us to - check out the environmental working group <a href="http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/" target="_blank">skin deep database</a> for the TRUTH. Sit inside a lab and watch (not only those little mice) being tortured and mutilated...glad it's not my dog sitting in there...want to donate your dog anyone?
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lizmom
09/10/09
blah, blah, blah... we are all entitled. Watch one of your, young, vibrant loved ones take their very last breath, after spending months fighting for their life. You wouldn't be thinking about where to put the blame, you would be thinking how to fix it.
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candyM
09/09/09
We are all entitled to our opinions, but, I think attacking vegqueen1 is getting a little extreme. Folks, it isn't rabbits that are tested. You wouldn't want to know what type of testing occurs, the animals that are used, and what happens to them afterwards. I DO know, hence my opinion. I feel the same way vegqueen does. In fact, I will take it one step further to say that if mankind had not polluted his water, his soil, his air, which is necessary to produce the foods we eat, we wouldn't have need of research facilities to test for cancer cures. If we wouldn't have tainted the animals raised for food with antibiotics, growth hormone, and any of the many other 'ingredients' that go into a factory-farmed animal's food, we wouldn't be facing the many monster diseases that plague mankind today. Survival of the fittest. It is how nature has done it for millenia, but, somehow we think it doesn't apply to us. Vegqueen is entitled to her soapbox skearhart - and so am I.
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lizmom
09/09/09
Vegqueen, do you have any family member's who have died from this awful disease?...I assume no. If so, I think you would be more compassionate about this issue. It seems as if you are putting the importance of animals over humans. Thank you Seventh Generation for supporting such a worthy cause. I am sure you may lose a few people, but I am sure you will gain many, many more through your show of generosity. However, your customer base is not the issue here. We all need to work together to help find a cure.
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Just Ty
09/09/09
@vegqueen1 While I've never suffered from Ovarian Cancer, I am a 2x survivor of Breast Cancer, so if animals need to be tested to rid the world of these & other ugly diseases, so be it. While I understand your way of thinking and respect it, I just don't agree with it. What other way could these test be done? When you're put in these kinds of situation, it changes the way you think. I do not wish this and no other diseases on anyone.
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fayette
09/09/09
Having a mother die from Ovarian Cancer causes me to stop cold in my tracks when I see or hear mention of this terrible killer. It's not a perfect world and if there is animal testing being done to find a cure than so be it.
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kek1959
09/09/09
After reading vegqueen's post I too felt angry and hurt that 7th Generation would be attacked for their kind support of OCRF. Having a mother who died from Ovarian Cancer, I speak from experience of how truly sad and scary Ovarian Cancer is to watch and be a part of. If animals are our only way to learn about what causes or possibly cures Ovarian Cancer then I am hoping for all of us that funding continues.
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lucidfuse
09/09/09
Tarris7, I agree with you on seeing the facts and I appreciate that you addressed this in a level-headed manner. Skearhart4, I don't understand why you had to get an attitude about it and attack vegqueen1.
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tarris7
09/09/09
I too am vegetarian and an animal lover, so I understand the concern with animal testing. I am also a parent and have had a child with a serious illness whose life exists because of medical research that may have included anilmal testing. If posting a comment strong enough to warrant no longer being a consumer of 7th Gen products because of an affiliation with OCRF and purported animal testing, and to spread that accusation, it would be appropriate to post where the actual evidence is found to support your statements. If no supporting evidence is offered then it would be rumor monging vs statement of supported fact. I would be interested in seeing the facts-from reliable resources.
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skearhart4
09/09/09
Since you are not thrilled with animal testing, I'm assuming that you would be willing to be the test subject then? How about your kids? If I had to choose between a rabbit and my son being killed to find a treatment for a disease, I think I would choose the rabbit. Get off your soap-box.
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vegqueen1
09/09/09
I am curious as to why Seventh Generation would choose to support a charity that funds animal testing and research when one of their selling points of their products is no animal testing? I am disappointed and will have to look elsewhere for my natural cleaning products. I like to buy products from companies with whom I share values and it seems I was wrong about Seventh Generation.